Part rock legend, part entrepreneur, part evangelist, part curmudgeon, Neil Young held a press briefing on Tuesday. Mr. Young and his PonoMusic venture have enjoyed considerable media exposure lately and the CES is perhaps the juiciest venue of them all. At a Hi-Res Audio event, Mr. Young reiterated his passion for Pono. And, the press was informed of an interesting partnership.
You might not know this, but I’ve dabbled in the screenwriting of commercial motion pictures. Perhaps you’ve heard of some of them: The Usual Suspects, Fargo, Titanic, Gladiator, No Countryfor Old Men, The Hurt Locker. Well, okay, so I didn’t write any of those, but if I hadn’t been so busy surfing the Web every day, I probably could have.
I always enjoy logging onto The Onion. Its faux news stories are wicked funny. Their specialty is satirical stories that seem vaguely plausible, but of course are completely bogus. Occasionally, people actually believe Onion stories. Recent Onion tweets reported that armed Congressmen were taking schoolchildren hostage and demanding $12 trillion in cash.
Photos by Tony Cordoza There's no shortage of home theater systems. There are big ones and small ones, black ones and silver ones, expensive ones and cheap ones. There are systems that come all in one box, and systems that come in half a dozen.
Just in case you haven't noticed, let me point out that the Web has changed everything, especially the way we get information. Do you need a satellite photo of your neighborhood? How about the name of a good dental hygienist in Anchorage? What was the patent number on Edison's phonograph? Need to know the name and birth date of the country's 24th first lady?
For a long, long time, we controlled things with buttons. Buttons are nice because they give us tactile feedback. But buttons are bulky and touchscreens have made them seem even clunkier. Now there is a movement underfoot to modernize the hardware button paradigm. The effort is often called the Neo-Sensory Age. Novasentis is a key player in that movement. Their press conference revealed their plans to bring back the button.
We loved them. We cherished them. We truly believed that we had purchased the last TV we would ever need to purchase. That's because picture quality could never get any better. Plasma was awesome! Wow! Look at those black levels.
Then, as they say, time marched on. Technology improved. Market sentiment shifted; people wanted something newer and cooler. Much like the dinosaurs, plasma TVs looked up in the sky and wondered—what's the deal with that huge flaming mass of asteroid hurtling down at me?
I get press releases. Oh boy, do I get press releases. My inbox runneth over. You think spam is bad? Multiply that by 100, and you’ll get an idea of my daily press-release pile. Everybody is flacking their newest and most innovative stuff. And occasionally they flack their oldest and least original.